Queen River

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Queen River
Queen River.JPG
Country Australia
State Tasmania
City Queenstown
Source Mount Lyell
 - location Queenstown, Tasmanian West Coast, Tasmania, AUS
Mouth King River

The Queen River is a river that flows through Queenstown Tasmania, to the west of the West Coast Range in particular Mount Lyell and Mount Owen.

River valley[edit]

The river valley is low-lying and narrow, and the subsequent fogs are notable in their effect, some created by smelter fumes in earlier years [1][2][3]


In April 1906, a significant flooding occurred in Queenstown and the southern part of the town [4]


For over 80 years the main carrier of Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company mining residue, and the local sewage. It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. This in turn flowed into the lower part of the King River, and then into a delta at the mouth of the river where it met Macquarie Harbour.

Following the Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program construction of tailings dams, and general reduction of waste into this river, it is now rusty in colour rather than silvery grey as it was previously.

It passes under and adjacent to the revitalised railway now known as the West Coast Wilderness Railway

South of Queenstown on the edge of the river is the early settlement of Lynchford where a gold mine and other mining activity supported a small community in the early days of the railway.


  1. ^ "FOG AT QUEENSTOWN.". Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) (Tas.: National Library of Australia). 28 June 1899. p. 6. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "A DENSE FOG.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 7 July 1905. p. 6 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "QUEENSTOWN.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas. : 1890 - 1922) (Tas.: National Library of Australia). 22 June 1914. p. 4. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "HEAVY FLOODS IN TASMANIA.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 19 April 1906. p. 5. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 


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Coordinates: 42°09′S 145°32′E / 42.150°S 145.533°E / -42.150; 145.533